Wednesday, June 11, 2008

America’s Funniest Grandma, “Mrs. Hughes” to Perform at Senior Center Women’s Retreat and Fundraiser

Fayette Senior Services is no ordinary senior center and their upcoming women’s retreat and fundraiser is just one more example of how the organization shatters the stereotype of traditional senior centers.

On Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fayette Senior Services will host Bel Âge - A Women’s Retreat. The event is a full day where women can come together to laugh, be inspired, and get great ideas about beauty, health, décor and food. The event will be held at Fayette Senior Services new Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville.

“Bel Âge is the French word for ‘beautiful age’ and the staff at Fayette Senior Services believes that age is a mindset…and you are beautiful at any age,” says Debbie Britt, Executive Director. Britt adds, “Men and women that are members of our Life Enrichment Center are age 50 and better and we strive to create an environment that is positive toward aging. The Bel Âge retreat is simply a day designed especially for women to come and enjoy an afternoon of fun centered on common interests.

Comedienne Carol Hughes is the event’s featured guest. About Mrs. Hughes, the late Merv Griffin said, “She’s my new favorite funny star.” Since then she has appeared in several casino production shows and has opened for Crystal Gayle, Lou Rawls, Brenda Lee and others. When Merv Griffin found her, he instantly made her the comedy star of his revue, “Love and Kisses” at Resorts in Atlantic City and then “Island Fever” near Las Vegas.

Other featured guests include relationship expert, Dr. James Hughey; former Fayette Woman cover woman and entrepreneur, Nancy Bonner; A Blue Lady Florist owner, Kim Westwood; Executive Chef Todd Rossi and fitness expert Dawn Davis. A variety of local businesses will also be showcasing their goods and services.

A special lunch will be provided along with free door prizes and other surprises are in store for participants. Tickets are on sale now at Fayette Senior Services and are $55 for Center members and $65 for the general public. Advanced ticket sales only, no tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsorships and vendor exhibit tables are available. For more information contact Debbie Britt at 770-461-0813 ext. 112 or visit

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Fayette Senior Services, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing a wide variety of programs and services for the emotional, social and physical well-being of older adults in Fayette County. The agency also provides important social services for seniors with specialized needs such as Meals on Wheels, case management, transportation, information and referrals and in-home services/respite care.

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